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Published on May 7, 2014
Victor 17666 - American Quartet - Tennessee I Hear You Calling Me 1914 (American Quartet - Billy Murray , Robert D. Armour , William F. Hooley , Steve Porter) Music & Lyrics by Jeff Godfrey , Harold A. Robe. American Quartet was the name given to several recording vocal quartets during the early years of the record industry. The name was used as early as 1899 for a group that included tenors John Bieling and Jere Mahoney, baritone S. H. Dudley, and bass William F. Hooley. The best-known American Quartet made its first appearance in 1909 for Victor Records and served as an in-house group. The quartet included Bieling and Hooley, along with tenor Billy Murray and baritone Steve Porter. Bieling left the group in 1913 because of throat troubles and was replaced briefly by Robert D. Armour. Armour was succeeded shortly thereafter by John Young. It proved to be a winning combination for Victor and for the Edison company where it was known as the Premier Quartet. William Thomas "Billy" Murray (May 25, 1877 -- August 17, 1954) was one of the most popular singers in the United States in the early decades of the 20th century. While he received star billing in Vaudeville, he was best known for his prolific work in the recording studio, making records for almost every record label of the era.